Belarusian opposition figurehead Tikhanovskaya ‘guarantees’ Lukashenko’s security if he steps down ‘peacefully and humanely’


Exiled Belarusian opposition determine Svetlana Tikhanovskaya – official runner-up in final month’s disputed election –  has promised incumbent Alexander Lukashenko that his security can be assured if he “peacefully” provides up energy.

Speaking to Ukrainian publication Left Bank, Tikhanovskaya defined {that a} future non-Lukashenko authorities would take the opinions of Belarusian residents under consideration, that means he would obtain “even more” than simply primary safety ensures.

“This is all negotiable. Of course, if he leaves peacefully and humanely, it’s probable,” she answered, when requested if she would promise the present president’s security.

Tikhanovskaya additionally spoke about her plans for the composition of her cupboard within the occasion of coming to energy because the chief of Belarus. The Lithuania-based politician acknowledged that an interim authorities can be fashioned from present ministers, after which any future choices can be made by whoever gained the election.

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In Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov famous that Lukashenko is the “legitimate president of Belarus” and due to this fact would not want Tikhanovskaya to make sure his security. Moscow has repeatedly acknowledged its assist for the long-time Belarusian chief.

“I don’t think he needs any security guarantees in his own country,” Peskov mentioned. “As for the rest, it’s all internal affairs of Belarus.”

On Monday, Tikhanovskaya criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for assembly with Lukashenko, who she referred to as the “usurper,” and claimed  that any offers made between Moscow and Minsk would have “no legal force” and can be “reviewed by the new government.”

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Tikhanovskaya ran in opposition to Lukashenko within the 2020 presidential election, which passed off on August 9. According to the official outcomes, Lukashenko obtained 80 % of the vote, however it’s broadly believed that the competition was rigged. In protest, 1000’s of Belarusians took to the streets, the place they had been met by the police with tear fuel, stun grenades, and rubber bullets. Under duress, Tikhanovskaya fled to Lithuania. Vilnius then anointed her because the “elected leader” of the Belarusian individuals.

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